Sarah Morton

Sarah Morton

Summary

        Sarah Morton was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas.  She developed a passion for storytelling as a young girl and made her first movie at 13 after convincing her American History teacher to let her make a movie depicting the horrid conditions of Civil War hospitals rather than write a paper.  She received her B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas, making five short films and completing a media internship while attending New York University’s “Spring Semester at Tisch,” Film Production program.

  Returning to New York after graduation, she secured a position as post-production assistant for Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and as Set P.A. on Hysterical Blindness.  Continued jobs as Set P.A. in film and television led to an interest in cinematography, prompting Sarah to serve an apprenticeship at the largest ARRI rental house in NYC: Camera Service Center.  She spent over nine months at CSC learning all things ARRI and was fortunate enough to become familiar with some of the best 1st A.C.’s working at the time, some of which were willing to give Sarah a chance on their crew.  For three years, Sarah enjoyed work as a camera assistant on numerous music videos, commercials, short flims and the award winning independent features Red Doors and Darkon.

         Satisfying a strong desire to get back to her native landscape and family, Sarah worked as a photojournalist for news station KHOG in Fayetteville, documenting the lives of people throughout Northwest Arkansas and honing her videography skills. 

        Relocating to Los Angeles, Sarah has been able to pursue more personal projects - directing, shooting and editing music videos and commercials on Super8, 16mm and HD.  She currently serves as a videographer and editor for Otis College of Art and Design.  Her recent short documentary on the graduate work of the Public Practice Department - “Reunión,” has been shown at the 18th St. Art Center, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, and Bolsky Gallery.  Currently, she is writing a screenplay based on the child-led labor strikes of the early 19th century and is D.P.'ing  a feature documentary about the culture of urban sprawl.

         She is thrilled about completing her first short narrative, “Walking In the Blue.”

Work History

Work History

Director of Photography

Country Mice and City Mice (Working Title)
An upcoming documentary feature about the culture of urban sprawl, the politics of urban planning, the aesthetics of our built environment and the history of Western expansion.  Director- Alex Hanawalt

Director, Writer, Producer and Editor

Walking in the Blue

A short film completed in May 2010

Feb 2007 - Present

Videographer and Editor

Otis College of Art and Design

Participated in completing over 85 short videos for Otis since February of 2007 to the present, which included directing, editing and videography.

(www.otis.edu)

Sep 2006 - Present

Additional Photography

Zero Point Zero Productions Inc., Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

The "Los Angeles" episode aired Feb., 2007. 

2006 - 2008

Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Tylie Malibu Inc.

Produced, directed, edited and photographed four short web videos for Tylie Malibu Inc., a high end handbag company based in Santa Monica, CA. 

2001 - 2005

Non-Union Camera Assistant

First A.C. for various film and music video productions, including independent features Red Doors and Darkon.

Second A.C. and/or Camera Loader on numerous music videos, commercials, and independent films.

Education

Education
2008 - Present

Continuing Education Program

University of California, L.A.
2010 - Present

Continuing Education Program

Otis College of Art and Design

Media in Motion I & II: These courses explore advanced concepts of motion design as they relate to the use of Adobe After Effects.

Life Drawing: A beginning/intermediate course emphasizing the structure and proportion of the human form. While drawing from the live model studio instruction includes quick sketching, long and short poses using a variety of drawing media. Course may be repeated.

Aug 1997 - Dec 2000

B.A.

University of Central Arkansas
Jan 2000 - Jun 2000

New York University

Skills

Skills

Editing Software and Camera Knowledge

Proficient in Apple's Final Cut Studio, Quicktime Pro, Toast Titanium, and Mpeg Streamclip.  Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 3, 4 and 5, specifically Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator.    Also proficient with most brands of motion picture cameras from 35mm to 8mm, and HD to SD cameras, including RED and digital SLR's.